May 24, 2013 By Christian Murray
The NYC Department of Buildings has reviewed the plans for a 9 story building that is being constructed on 43rd Street and has concluded that they meet zoning code.
Joe Conley, chairman of Community Board 2, reached out to the DOB 10 days ago and called on the city agency to review the proposed plan for 41-18 43rd St. to make sure the building would not exceed the maximum height requirement.
Conley said the review had been completed and the plans meet zoning requirements.
Construction on the 43rd Street complex (located between 43rd and Skillman Avenues) began two weeks ago. When it is completed, the building will be 9-stories high, consisting of 38 rental units and 17 parking spaces.
The site is zoned R 7A, which comes with a maximum height of height of 80 feet. The plan does not exceed that limit, since the floor heights are well below 10 feet, Conley said.
The developer, Hooshang Nemat, said, “the DOB sent us a letter and said we are perfectly fine in terms of height and density.”
The DOB, however, issued a stop work order on the site on May 21.
Nemat said the stop work order was issued because he didn’t have a shoring permit. “We were approved for excavation and foundation work—but didn’t realize we had to get a shoring permit,” he said.
Shoring is used to protect a building while a column or wall is removed.
Nemat said that construction workers won’t return to site until the first week of June. By then, he said, the shoring permit should have been obtained.
@new to sunnyside- I totally agree. Let’s hope sunnyside finally moves forward with the times. The LIC and BK updates are nice, it wouldn’t hurt sunnyside to get a little overhaul too. Those that don’t like it are free to move elsewhere.
new buildings in sunnyside will help the whole housing situation here. It will force the landlords of the current stock of old apartments to renovate their buildings and fix up some of the horror show apartments that are out there. The more quality choices out ther the better. Everyone keeps praising the “gardens” Yes the trees and greenery are wonderful but really look at the houses. Many are falling apart as are the current stock of rent stabilized buildings
All these great new buildings sounds fantastic! 38 rental units and 17 parking spots. Did someone screw up with the math? Does anyone else see the problem? What about parking does anyone care that its going to be really hard to get spots. It’s already a nightmare. Can’t wait till they build some more rental units with barely any parking for their tenants. Even better maybe the building owners won’t offer parking spots to their tenants and try to rent out the parking spots. Now that’s rich!!
@Woodside Mom- thanks for bringing in some actual numbers and putting the floor height into context.
I don’t really like the design of the building, but based on that ceiling height, it sounds like it will be within the limits.
What is “forward thinking” about putting up a structure that’s out of scale for the neighborhood, will stress the already overburdened infrastructure and was, very possibly, the result of some sort of corrupt, back room deal-making?
Sounds more like backward thinking to me.
That’s fine with me but we know which camp you reside in
I live in a regular one-family brick house. Just measured from my ceiling to my floor – 8′ 6″. (FYI 8.88ft is 8′, 10″.)
@ Anonymous Please, state the obvious again. And, refer to my statement above. It apples to you, too.
Funny how the few backward posters here think they speak for all of Sunnyside. I’m optimistic that there are far more forward thinking people living here.
Or it could reveal the disdain for nimbys decrying both lack of development and any forward progress in the neighborhood.
“I wish someone would take over these empty storefronts!”
“I love love to see X, Y, Z type restaurants”
“No more hispter yuppy restaurants/young’ns raising prices!”
“I should be able to live the same exact lifestyle as I did 30 years ago, someone please subsidize me”
@ doc The use of catch phrases like “get over it,” reveals far more about you than about your opinion on this legitimate subject for discussion.
When Sunnyside Gardens was built it was completely out of scale with the farmland that made up most of the area. Get over it.
I only want to burden YOU, OM. As I know you live very close by.
yea, the 7 line can’t handle the crush of ppl living along the line in the current neighborhoods. I see the BARU Colombian restaurant on 39th ave and 48th st is up for sale for only 175k. It is 3000 square feet of loft space so maybe someone will renovate this place into a nice residence? Everyone protested when they thought BARU would be a strip club and that worked so let’s protest these monstrous glass high rises for trust fund babies.
Today, nine story buildings will be approved, tomorrow twelve story buildings, fifteen, twenty, thirty….
Don’t expect any more subway lines or other infrastructure though.
How do you spell Shill? Community Board Leaders. They appear in every photo of every PR shot in every community newspaper in this district. How is that possible if they are out making a living like the rest of us? Someone is paying them to be on the CB, that’s how. And there is a mystery to be solved by sleuths with more time than I have. Someone who gets paid to solve mysteries like this.
What is this, a building for ANTS?!?!
9 stories high and max height of 80 feet. 80’/9 stories = 8.88′ floor to floor height. That’s including the thickness of the slab/structure between floors. Not a very tall ceiling height?
I’d like to see a section.
For all of the bullsht that Jimmy Van Bramer tweet spams about he hasn’t said a thing about how upset the community is about this building. Spineless coward.
Perhaps I’m just fantasizing here but this needs an investigation. (It’ll never happen, I know)
The smell of corruption is worse than the dog poo on the streets of Sunnyside that OM hates so much.
Our Community Board leadership works in the NYC real estate industry. HoWe were screwed before we heard the first word about any of this. And most people are figuring it out only now.
Headline should be “Community Board Again Shown To Be Effective Only In Getting Dog Parks Built.”
Any work on whether Rick Duro got his wish to burden 43rd Street with more dog feces?
Still a really ugly building.
I thought the zoning allowed this height only on Queens Blvd? What’s to stop everyone from tearing down their Sunnyside Garden homes to build up…. McMansions ^ is right. We need to protest
Can the McMansions with the walls, paved-over lawns and ugly chrome detailing be far behind?
I think it’s good that we are getting some new development in Sunnyside, its a nice change to the roach infested shambles that sunnyside is filled with. Although it would be nice to get something new on the south side of the blvd too.
Floors less than 10 feet? Who do they expect to live there? Hobbits?
‘The plan does not exceed that limit, since the floor heights are well below 10 feet, Conley said.”
What I want to know is what is Conley smoking? I wanted to get stoned out of my mind too. Does he really think we’ll buy that lame BS excuse?
The problem is the uneven and unbalanced development. I can see this kind of building on the other side of blvd but the north side should remain as light as possible. If they want to build more bricks on north side, at least city should plant some more trees on south side because it’s nowhere as green on that side..
Another alternate headline:
Back room, late night deal made: developers, lobbyists and politicians happy: citizens screwed.
“The plan does not exceed that limit, since the floor heights are well below 10 feet, Conley said.”
So how tall are they? 5 feet? Maybe this building is being built for midget hipsters.
Is this the same Hooshang Nemat mentioned in this book, The Crypto-Jewish Mashhadis: The Shaping of Religious And Communal Identity in Their Journey from Iran to New York??
Hipsters & Newbies wont be happy until Sunnyside looks as ugly and as jam-packed with the ugliest structures as LIC! palms were for sure greased big time!
Let me translate the headline: wealthy developer knows whose palms to grease to get his way.